With a direct train connection to central London, Harpenden is primarily a commuter town, popular with young professionals. However due to its close proximity to the capital, House Prices are on average approximately double the national average. Harpenden has a good proportion of independent shops, giving the town a distinctive feel. Abundant parks also cover the town, with the largest Harpenden Common, at 238acres. Two cricket clubs – Harpenden Cricket Club and Barnville Cricket Club call the Common home. The whole area was awarded a national Green Flag Award in 2007 for its beauty.